Medway Council


Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

Medway has a rich military history, home to a Royal Naval Dockyard which is over 400 years old and the Royal School of Military Engineering since 1850.  Medway Council is committed to employing and supporting staff who are Reservists in the Armed Forces and recognises the enormous value and contribution that Reservists make to the UK Armed Forces, the local community, workplace and the country.  The Council Armed Forces Working Group aims to oversee the Armed Forces Covenant and make sure that Medway Council is doing all it can to support the Armed Forces as an employer and as a Council. We demonstrate this support in the following ways:

  • Offer ten days paid leave for Reservists
  • Offer 5 days paid leave for Cadet Force Adult Volunteers
  • Provide training and development opportunities
  • Support spouses and partners as part of our flexible working policy. 

About us

Medway Council is a unitary local authority in the South East of England, covering the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula. We employ approximately 3,000 staff (not including schools). 

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for c.280,000 people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, heritage, planning, business and much more - everything from front-line services such as community safety, rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival; to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.